John Richard Le Hunte Ward

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Captain (retired) John Richard Le Hunte Ward, C.B.E., R.N. (18 March, 1870 – 13 February, 1953) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Rear-Admiral T. L. Ward.

Ward was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in November, 1892.

On 24 December 1902, he was reported to be suffering from Malta Fever. On 25 June 1903, he was appointed to Hood as first officer. He was faulted when the Marine detachment showed a lack of discipline before being sent to a War Course on 24 September, 1905.

Ward was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1906.

He grounded Torch in early 1913 and a Court of Enquiry found he'd made an error in judgement.

In November 1914 he returned as a Transport Officer with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and paid off Torch on 23 November.

Ward was appointed to the staff of the Captain Supervising Contract Built Ships on the Tyne upon paying off Torch on 26 December, 1914. On 31 March, 1916, he was credited with the successful salvage of Violet. In April 1916 he was castigated for having sent an impertinent letter to the Department of Stores "complaining about the inefficiency of a typewriter."

Ward was granted the acting rank of Captain on 18 July, 1916.

Ward was placed on the Retired List on account of age with the rank of Captain on 18 March, 1920.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M. T.B. 92
9 Jul, 1895 – Aug, 1895
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Corlett
Preceded by
Edward S. Houseman
Captain of H.M.S. Spanker
31 Jan, 1905[1] – 10 Jul, 1906
Succeeded by
Eric V. F. R. Dugmore
Preceded by
Reginald F. Parker
Captain of H.M.S. Diamond
c. 5 Feb, 1909 – 20 Mar, 1909
Succeeded by
Godfrey M. Paine
Preceded by
Edmund C. Carver
Captain of H.M.S. Torch
5 Apr, 1912[2] – 23 Nov, 1914
Succeeded by
John N. Knox


  1. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 376.
  2. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 387.